This photo of Dimples was taken the day we met her. You see her surrounded by other children as they play with balloons we carried on our long journey to Ethiopia.
We knew Dimples was ours, but we had no idea that the little girl on the left, now lovingly nicknamed Honeybee, would become our daughter. Honestly, it amazes me to witness the hand of God in our lives. He knew — He really knew that this child who happened to be in front of my camera would be my daughter. I am in awe of this.
I looked at this little girl helping Dimples with a balloon and it never occurred to me that I would return home unable to forget her. Her image would continue to surface in my mind at unexpected times, as I was washing dishes or folding laundry. The feel of her hand in mine, or the way she made a funny joke about Eby would bring a smile to my face. I prayed for her and wished God would give her a family.
You know the end of the story; nine months after we met her, we knew that we needed to add her to our family. Eight months later she was home.
This is one the of the most amazing things I have experienced as an adoptive mother. My children were born and had lives completely separate from mine before I knew their faces and names. In Honeybee’s case, I even met her and still did not know she would become my child.
I know I say this often, but I am honored that God chose me to be the mother of my four children from Ethiopia. It is not always easy, in fact at times it is brutally hard, but I love them, and I know how truly blessed I am. Honeybee, Dimples, Eby, and Little Man have brought gifts to my life that are beyond expression. These four have opened my heart and expanded my world in ways I could never have imagined even five years ago.
I am in awe of what God is doing our lives, and I trust Him, to see us through. There is nothing wasted by God, no sorrow, no struggle, no suffering that He cannot use to bring glory to Himself through His merciful love.
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